In September, Hubert Michael was two weeks from his execution date when he received a reprieve from Governor Corbett. However, this temporary mercy was only granted because the lethal drugs to complete the execution were not available. Governor Corbett has indicated he would re-schedule the execution as soon as the drugs become available.
In the meantime, the execution of another man, Michael Ballard, has been scheduled. Without a similar reprieve, he will die on December 2. Governor Corbett needs to hear from you – his legacy should not include the deaths of two men.
While Mr. Michael and Mr. Ballard should be held accountable for their crimes, the modern penal system provides alternatives to taking life. Our society will not overcome crime by executing criminals and we cannot restore the lives of victims by ending the lives of those convicted.